CTA Surface System History presented by the Illinois Railway Museum

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The CTA map index was researched and devised by Roy Benedict and Bob Heinlein. Thanks to both these gentlemen, we are able to benefit from the hard work and dedication.

Dates on Pre-CTA maps have been gathered from research of the printed map itself as well as information from experts.

"Front Page" is identified as the side with the major map. "Back Page" is the opposite side.

Pre-CTA Maps

The Union Elevated Loop - 1898


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The Chicago and Interurban Trolley Guide - 1908


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Summer Outings in Chicago via Elevated Railroads - 1915


The "Cover" and "Inside Cover" may have originally been attached to the other pages.

Click here for the Cover

Click here for the Inside Cover

Click here for the Front Page of the FULL MAP

Click here for the Back Page of the FULL MAP



Sightseeing via Chicago Surface Lines - 1921


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Rerouting of Cars on Chicago Surface Lines - 09/14/1924


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Eucharistic Congress Chicago Surface Lines Sightseeing Guide - 06/20/1926


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Routes to Mundelein and the Eucharistic Congress - 06/1926


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Chicago Surface Lines Routes in Central Business District - 1928


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Seeing Greater Chicago by the Chicago Surface Lines - 1928


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Seeing Greater Chicago by the Chicago Surface Lines - 1929


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Republican Notional Convention Service Information - 1932


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See Chicago and A Century of Progress Exposition, Use Chicago Surface Lines - 03/1933



Travel Map and Guide to Chicago's Attractions (Ride the "L" Above Congestion) - 08/1933


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"L" Map of Chicago - Rapid Transit Lines - 1933


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Chicago Map Showing "L" Rapid Transit Lines - 1934


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See Chicago, Use Chicago Surface Lines - 04/1934



Map of Transfer Stations Between Rapid Transit and Surface Lines - 09/1935


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Transfers Between Chicago Surface Lines and Chicago Rapid Transit - 09/1935


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Map of Chicago and Suburbs, Rapid Transit "L" Lines - 1935


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See Chicago, Use Chicago Surface Lines - 1935


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Transfers Between Rapid Transit Lines and Chicago Motor Coach - 01/1936


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Chicago Map, Ride the "L" - 1936


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Elevated Map of Chicago - 1937


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See Chicago, Use Chicago Surface Lines - 1938


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Map insert is still stapled and we don't want to ruin the integrity of the original document in our collection.



The Elevated Map of Chicago and Suburbs - 09/1939


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See Chicago, Use Chicago Surface Lines - 1940


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Transportation Map of Chicago - 05/1940


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Rapid Transit Time Table of Trains - 10/1940


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Chicago Rapid Transit Lines Transportation Map - 07/1941


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Chicago by Surface Lines - 1942


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Transportation Map, Chicago Rapid Transit Lines - 05/1942


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Chicago Rapid Transit Map - 1943


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Chicago's New Subway Station Stops - 01/1943


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Chicago's New Subway and Elevated Railroad Connections - 02/1943


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Chicago Rapid Transit Map - 1946


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See Chicago - Use Chicago Surface Lines - 08/01/1947


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